Posts with tag: 'RWD'

Adaptive Design vs. Responsive Web Design: RWD Pundits Come Full Circle

Luca Passani, CTO @ScientiaMobile, January 2017 I had not blogged for some time, but listening to a conversation that involved Ethan Marcotte and Karen McGrane the other day inspired me to hit the company web log with a new post. The reason for this is because I heard something that I consider big. Very big. Ethan and Karen are two venerable authorities when it comes to the topic of Responsive Web Design (RWD). Plus, they have real experience with web projects, including mobile web, for large enterprises. This is why, when they speak, taking notice is often a good idea. […]

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Are 3 Image Sizes Enough for Responsive Web Design Sites?

RWD Image Payload Savings with ImageEngine

Are 3 Image Sizes Enough for A Responsive Web Site? The answer is: if you care about mobile performance and payload, then you need a better solution than only 3 image sizes. We evaluated over 53 million requests for images from 1.6 million distinct urls (see our MOVR report). On average, it takes only 8 requests to surpass the need for 3 image sizes. Resizing to the standard 3 versions helps reduce the payload to 63% of the original. But if you automatically detect the actual device, resize, and compress to an optimal size, then you can save 84% of the […]

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Is Your Responsive Design Working? Google Analytics Will Tell You

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[This article was originally published in Smashing Magazine.  We have updated the section on Universal Analytics to conform with change by Google Analytics.] By Jon Arne Sæterås and Luca Passani Responsive web design has become the dominant method of developing and designing websites. It makes it easier to think “mobile first” and to create a website that is viewable on mobile devices. In the early days of responsive web design, creating breakpoints in CSS for particular screen sizes was common, like 320 pixels for iPhone and 768 pixels for iPad, and then we tested and monitored those devices. As responsive […]

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Are You Ready For Google’s Mobile-Friendliness Rankings? Lessons From The Top 10,000 Sites

  “Mobilize or die” – Ian Carrington (Google) April 21, 2015 is the date when Google starts updating their search algorithms to consider “mobile friendliness” in the ranking of sites. This means that site owners who have not implemented a strategy for adapting their site and content for mobile devices will be ranked lower than sites that are optimized. This change is radical and will have impact on all mobile searches, in all languages, globally. Google goes as far as recommending site owners to use Responsive Web Design (RWD). In addition to RWD, Google itself implements both Adaptive Delivery and dedicated […]

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WURFL.js Business Edition: At the Intersection of JavaScript and Enterprise

By Luca Passani, CTO @ScientiaMobile “The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.” ― Benjamin Franklin   It was over one year ago that ScientiaMobile announced the WURFL.js Community Edition under the umbrella of the WURFL.io initiative. Believe me. WURFL.js was (and still is) a huge success, just as its siblings,the MOVR report and WIT, the WURFL Image Tailor, are. For those who are just tuning in now, WURFL.js Community Edition is a free developer tool that enables front-end web programmers to leverage the power of server-side device detection through “JavaScript as […]

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Introducing WIT: the WURFL Image Tailor

Introducing WIT: the WURFL Image Tailor by Luca Passani, CTO @ScientiaMobile “If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.” – Albert Einstein “You cannot fashion a wit out of two half-wits.” – Neil Kinnock Resizing images is not a new concept by any stretch of the imagination. Those who, like me, have been involved with the mobile web since the WAP era, are very familiar with the problem of not sending 200kb pictures to phones that could only handle 10kb XHTML-MP pages. This post on the WMLProgramming mailing list is a good example of the […]

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Report from PHP Conference 2013 in Munich Germany: RWD Keynote and HipHop for PHP

The thing about Hip-Hop today is it’s smart, it’s insightful. The way they can communicate a complex message in a very short space is remarkable. – Barack Obama “Morality, it could be argued, represents the way that people would like the world to work, whereas economics represents how it actually does work.”  – Steven D. Levitt, Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything The ScientiaMobile technical team has been on tour. Steve and I just came back from Munich, Germany, where we were invited speakers at the International PHP Conference 2013.  

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Virtual Capabilities and Filters: introducing WURFL API 1.5

Virtual Capabilities and Filters: introducing WURFL API 1.5 virtual   — adjective 1.        having the essence or effect but not the appearance or form of: a virtual revolution 2.        having the form or appearance but not the essence or effect of: virtual reality 3.        (rare)  capable of producing an effect through inherent power or virtue Umberto Eco, a famous Italian phylosopher and a novelist, when asked for an opinion about ‘Virtual Reality’ replied that it did not interest him, but “please, call me back when I can make love to Marilyn […]

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WURFL and Responsive Web Design (RWD)

RESS Responsive Web Design with Server Side Detection

Pretend for a moment that you’re working as a front-end developer. (If you’re already a front-end developer, well, pretend you’re also wearing a pirate hat.) – Ethan Marcotte, Responsive Web Design, page 17       If you have never heard of Responsive Web Design, I respectfully wonder how in the world you landed on this blog. In a nutshell, RWD has changed (and arguably, has changed single-handedly) how people create regular and mobile websites. Up to two or three years ago, building a website that worked on mobile devices necessarily involved serving a mobile-specific experience to those devices. More […]

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BDConf and Exposing WURFL Capabilities to JavaScript

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” – Leonardo Da Vinci (disputed)   Important Note (April 2014): If you are interested in using WURFL from Javascript, you may want to check out WURFL.io (or this blog post). Steve and I were at the awesome Breaking Development Conference  last week in Dallas, Texas. What an amazing stand-up of great speakers (and what an amazing chance for networking!). The presentations covered quite a lot of ground and a variety of topics. Some speakers gave their more high-level “long term” visions of where mobile is going and how every device (including your toaster) will be communicating […]

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